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Never quit - dedicated to meltdown sufferers

Stanters

Trinket King
Aug 13, 2006
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So there I was, chugging along playing ok in the early part of the summer. I broke 80 and shot a few low 80s until 3 weeks ago...when it happened.

I play mainly stableford comps in a saturday morning group - shot 13 pts on the front 9, not great but not awful as the front is much tougher than the back. What is awful is just 7pts on the back. Not a good day.

Next time out I shot a mighty 7 points on the front....11 on the back and nothing was working. I had a lesson, which seemed to go ok and went back out. Another shocker, again nothing felt right and my confidence was totally shot.

Nice timing for the Club Championships.

I lasted 8 holes of the 36 scheduled. Par is 444 353 454 - I went 755 774 16,11 and home.

I couldn't hit a wedge let alone a 5 iron or a driver. I was absloutely shattered by it - it felt as if someone had put my brain in someone else's body. I was really wondering if I woul dever be able to play decently again; which may sound melodramatic but I really did.

Ok so a crisis (relatively speaking of course) so it's back to the Five Fundementals and concentrating on tempo. I checked the grip, the address/set up and went off to to the range where I promptly managed to hook a 9 iron 60 yards off target. Man, that was a real low.

Back to Hogan I went and practiced, practiced, practiced his drills. I also watched Manzella's youtube video on driving (courtesy of The Woat) and went out this morning.

Some green shoots started to poke through on the front 9. I shot 50 but had no disasters - I drove the ball really well but still struggling with my irons, which is easy to do when your confidence is so low - zero in fact.

Then on the 10th I just adjusted the clubface a fraction and made par. It had been a while and it was a huge relief. The 11th brought another and the par 5 12th a birdie. Back to reality with a triple at a par 3 after another tugged iron and an over compensated 2nd shot from the tee. 14th I made a par and then more par 3 woes as I made a sad 7. 16 and 17 lead to solid pars and a bogey at the tricky 18th. But all of a sudden I could hit irons again from the 16th onwards. Both 16 and 17 are tight tee shots and I nailed them both which felt so good after so much struggling.

I'm not there yet but certainly an improvement and I believe I can hit a good shot again which wasn't the case this morning. That means a lot, believe me.

So if you ever find your game as bad as mine got - don't give up but have a think, work at it and keep going, it won't be gone forever. Three weeks may not sound like a long time but when you don't know where your next decent shot is coming from it's not as simple as that - it's a terrible feeling but it can be overcome.

á la Shawshank - Hope can set you free.......and a bit of good old fashioned work.
 

Nikonut

Well-Known Member
Apr 24, 2008
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195
N. Texas
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Esp. tough for us High Handicappers!

Saturday, burning up in the heat, lost a dozen balls, basically gave up on the last holes.
went home in a funk.

Today, in the off and on drizzle, a good time. Better (but still to the right-lousy) drives, good Iron work. Plus two people I hooked up with on the 1st tee, decent gamers with great attitudes.

Its good to go home happy. :)

I have to say I suffered so bad, Saturday, with the G10 driver so today I took the
Cally X460. 99% a mental thing, but It helped.
 

Wi-Golfer

Golfer on hiatus.
Supporting Member
Jul 25, 2007
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Madison, Wi
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Plus two people I hooked up with on the 1st tee, decent gamers with great attitudes.


That always helps, I played with 2 college kids today, one had a decent game but the other one just started this year. he had some nice clubs too, R9 fairway, Burner driver, brand new Scotty, etc etc. He lost a lot of balls & I do mean a LOT. But he never bitched or complained, just laughed & tossed another ball down.
 

FATC1TY

Taylormade Ho' Magnet
May 29, 2008
2,878
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Play with some good people, and people who are nice helps. I played with two scratch guys once, and I shot an all time low. Maybe the pressure? They were supportive when I started to blow up.
 

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